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GUESS which State Government department is asking its workers to abstain from alcohol but is putting them up in pubs when they are on overnight jobs?
RailCorp has asked maintenance supervisors to be "beer nannies" and stop their workers getting drunk.
Earlier this year a strict new drug and alcohol policy was brought in requiring RailCorp workers to have a blood alcohol reading of 0.02 or less.
A memo obtained by The Daily Telegraph instructs "delegated supervisors to ensure excessive alcohol consumption does not take place".
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union supports a drug and alcohol-free workplace, but claims the "beer nanny" requirement is hypocritical.
A RailCorp spokesman said supervisors only need to remind workers of their obligation to arrive at work the next day on time and sober.
But the RTBU wants assurances that supervisors will not be held responsible if a worker is found in breach.
"The directive says supervisors need to ensure excessive alcohol consumption does not take place," RTBU spokesman Phil Kessey said.
"By RailCorp's definition, anything over 0.02 is excessive.
"The issue here is RailCorp has brought in this policy but are then putting workers up in pubs because it's cheaper. It's none of RailCorp's business what workers do when they clock off as long as they turn up on time the next day and are sober."
The memo states staff should "be housed wherever possible in accommodation that does not have licensed bar facilities".
"But they don't pay enough allowance so people have to get accommodation at a licensed bar and then have a beer nanny around making sure no one drinks too much," Mr Kessey said.
Workers receive $120 a day away from home allowance.
The RTBU spokesman said the "beer nannies" are not paid any extra and many are likely to want to enjoy one or two beers themselves.
"These guys travel away from their depots and sometimes can be away for eight days," the spokesman said.
"When they're in rural areas (RailCorp) pays only enough to put them up in pubs."
The RTBU spokesman said of 1000 employees breath-tested across RailCorp, about 30 had blown more than 0.02.
The Daily Telegraph/News Interactive
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